Doro Nawas

Reviews of Doro Nawas

Excellent(92%) From 296 travellers
Excellent
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Below are independent comments from 296 of our travellers who have visited Doro Nawas, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs H - West Sussex
Arrived on: 24-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Doro Nawas review

Arriving after the long drive from Swakopmund we were uncertain if we should turn off the main road as the sign said Doro Nawas Camp. Arriving at the end of the track we were in no doubt that we were in the right place as there was the Lodge sitting dark and brooding on top of a low hill.
A member of staff came down from the lodge with cool face towels, just rght for wiping away the Namibian dust.
Going up to the main building we were given welcome drinks and shown the facilities before being shown to our " room". This is an understatement as the building, just for us, was nearly as large as the ground floor of our house and this just for a bedroom and en-suite bathroom.
The bedroom, with island site bed, felt like a half marathon just to walk to the bathroom.
Bed isn't the right description either as it could be wheeled onto the huge veranda to sleep under the stars.
The evening meal was very good, but as with a previous lodge, was served very cool and a replacement was requested and brought without much delay.
At the end of the meal a guide came around with details of the following days actvities. As we needed to be away mid morning we chose a guided walk which we found to be very informative and our guide, Michael, told us about tracking and the uses that animals and local people make of the various trees/ bushes.
Doro Nawas was the first lodge with a crafts/ gift shop which had a good selection and reasonably priced therefore welcome and used.
All staff were friendly and welcoming and seemed genuinely pleased that you wre in Namibia... this was a common experience in all Namibian accommodations.

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Mr & Mrs S - York
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Love the fact that the local people own part of this lodge.

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Miss A & Miss L - Dundee
Arrived on: 16-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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As with Kulala Desert Lodge, no complaints at all about Doro Nawas.

Everyone from the reception staff, general maintainance staff to the guides were very obliging and informative, making our stay here very enjoyable.

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Miss G - Hertfordshire
Arrived on: 15-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Beautiful place

Absolutely stunning setting with lovely views from both room and all general areas. Rooms were really spacious.

Only criticism of this lodge was that the excursions were really expensive so we didnt do any of them. We went to the rock drawings by ourselves which was about a 45 min drive.

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Mr. & Mrs. L - Swanley
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Enjoyable safari to see the elephants.

Excellent breakfast and lunches but the evening meals were rather average.

The safari to see the elephants was excellent with a nice meal at the end. However we were up at 4.30am for this safari and had the meal at around midday which left us all rather hungry. It would have been better at 11am

Morning excursion in search of desert-adapted elephants
A very early start . A slight haze detracted from obtaining any stunning photographs but all in all a very satisfying and comprehensive morning.

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Mr. T & Mr. B - Crowthorne
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Eco Doro Nawas

Great location. good service and an eco friendly lodge to boot. The activities were on the expensive side. Well we couldn't tell the difference between the desert elephants and the ordinary elephants but paying NS650 per head for this privilige. The otherwise excellent service was slightly marred by one of its inexperienced guide/staff.

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Mr & Mrs P - Belgium
Arrived on: 27-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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room & safari superb

Excellent. The game drive perfect.

Just one point : the afternoon activity was dedicated to the engravings near Twyfelfontein; the guide was not very convinced concerning the interest of this activity and consequently poor and less comments. A pity for me because I was very interested by engravings.

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Mr & Mrs L from Huntingdon
Arrived on: 25-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

Watching desert adapted elephants from the dining room what more do you need?

Although they were rather expensive the guided trips were excellent and all the guides very informative.

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Ms R & Mr G from Hants
Arrived on: 23-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

Doro Nawas was everything it promised to be - the room was fantastical with its mock stone headboard, stone bathroom and inside and outside shower - the only disappointment was that noone told us that you could unlock the bed and push it out on to the huge verandah - we only learnt that on our second night, in conversation with other guests, and then we slept under the starts which was a breathtaking experience.

The food was excellent - unsurpassed salads, crisp vegetables, delicate puddings.

We joined an afternoon drive to see the desert adapted elephants - was a bit disappointed that the drive around the property is no longer part of the deal (as described in Chris' book) - and were delighted to come across 13 of them and observe them for some time. Our guide was knowledgeable as was the person who pointed out the stars to us on the roof that night.

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Ms P & Mr D on honeymoon
Arrived on: 18-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Doro Nawas review

The initial wow factor of the castle and large and nicely furnished rooms was soon obliterated by the noisy staff. I have never been to a desert that is so noisy. A large group of italians showed up just after we arrived and as we were resting in our room the staff thought the best way to determine which italians were in which chalets was to walk around the camp shouting their names out. My husband went and told them to be quiet.

We then discovered that there was no hot water in our chalet - having arrive around 4pm there should be hot water at that time as the solar panels have been out in the sun all day. We told one of the managers before dinner and she said she would send some maintenance men to look at it but advised us that we had to run the water for ten minutes before the hot would come out of it! That is ridiculous. We weren't too worried as we thought there would be some the next day it was a slight annoyance.

The next afternoon at about 1.30pm we tried our water again and there was no hot water. I went to see management but spoke to the guide Johann who went into the office and advised the manager that we had no hot water. I was outside of the office and personally heard her reply "They complained yesterday, they do have hot water". Needless to say I was very unhappy with this total lack of customer service. T

he maintenance guys had looked at the solar panel the night before and found nothing wrong with it. Finally a chap called stephen came out and came with me to the chalet. he looked at the solar panel, ran the water both in the taps and the shower and declared that we had no hot water. I told him I had overheard the manager. We were put on to a generator and that night we had hot water. we did receive a basket of fruit and a note to say sorry, by this time I just wanted to get out of the place.

WE had a bottle of wine on our first evening in the chalet and the dirty wine glasses were still there when we left two nights later even though the housekeeping had come in and made our bed!

The second sink leaked and so instead of getting water in the sink it ended up all over the bathroom floor!

Being Wilderness Safaries we thought the food would be as good as at Anderssons Camp but it was quite poor. we had lunch which was a cucumber soup which was truly inedible, (my husband eats anything but wouldn't eat it). The last night's main meal consisted of some kind of bland potato pasta, uncooked red cabbage and a chewy stew. The chef seriously needs more training.

The overall manager Lena and Stephen were very helpful and listened to our complaints and did somethng about them. But the other manager we found to be unfriendly and I think she was the one who made the comment that I overheard.

The camp is pretty large with 19 chalets and it felt very commercialised. This feeling may have been heightened by the fact that we had come from Entendeka which is the opposite.

Although the rooms were nice the service is poor and we would certainly not recommend it to anyone.

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